The 2016 ski trip will be held over the February half term, Friday February 12th – Saturday February 20th 2016 and is open to all abilities. We plan to return to Hinterglemm in Austria. This will be Imberhorne's 33rd visit to the valley and it has always been a successful choice. The trip is open to current year 7, 8 and 11's and the deadline to sign up is 30th November 2014. For full details see this letter.
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In February 2015, West Sussex County Council will set its budget for the forthcoming year. They want to make sure the budget reflects what is important to the 800,000 residents that WSCC works for and provides services to. To do that, they have launched a county-wide consultation called 'What Matters To You?'.
If you live in West Sussex, you are invited to give your views and help to shape the 2015/16 budget. What matters most to you when it comes to the services that you want your council tax spent on? And how much council tax are you willing to pay to fund them? You can find out more by following this link to the West Sussex website and you can complete the survey here.
Paper copies are also available at County Council libraries. The 'What Matters to You?' consultation runs until Sunday 12 October 2014.
Financial Support from the school
The school receives dedicated additional funding to support the education and welfare of disadvantaged and vulnerable students.
Some of this funding is used to provide additional staffing that supports the learning, progress and wellbeing of these students.
The funding is also used to provide a range of financial support that may include:
Help to meet the cost of school trips
Help to meet the cost of learning resources, such as revision guides and text books
Help to meet the cost of uniform
Help to meet the cost of different types of tuition (music tuition, learning support etc.)
Largely the funding is directed towards students in receipt of free school meals, or those who have previously been eligible for free school meals. We do however look at each case or request independently.
If you think you need such support please contact us in confidence. In the first instance please contact our school Bursar, Mrs J Cooper either by telephone, through the main school switchboard, or by email – firstname.lastname@example.org
We value open communication with parents and use a range of different methods to communicate as effectively as we can. This website contains detailed information about the school and its operations, generally most information will be posted here, including all letters that are sent home.
All formal communication about events, trips and activities are communicated in writing; this information will either be posted or sent home with students. In addition we also email the content of these letters to parents.
Finally we use Twitter and Facebook to post urgent information, knowing that Facebook content is actively ‘pushed out’ to subscribers means we can usually be confident that such messages are disseminated quickly. Facebook is particularly well suited to celebrating achievements, we therefore also use it to share images of school events, trips and activities, we find that this is much appreciated by students and parents.
For full details of our communications policy see this link.
East Grinstead town council are currently undertaking a consultation exercise regarding their proposed Neighbourhood Plan.
We would like to take this opportunity to clarify our thoughts about possible future developments in the town. The school's Windmill Lane site has been identified, along with a number of other sites in East Grinstead, as a potential area that could be developed for housing. Whilst we appreciate that this is unlikely to be a short term outcome it has the potential to ultimately lead to the rebuilding of our lower school (currently at Windmill Lane) as a separate but adjacent school alongside of our existing upper school site at Imberhorne Lane.
We fully acknowledge and promote the many benefits we think go with a split site school whilst recognising we could also gain the practical advantages of having the two school sites alongside each other. At the moment, when our students arrive at our lower school site in Year 7 they feel much more comfortable and settled in that smaller community with only two older year groups. As new arrivals they settle quickly and grow in confidence. When students transfer from Year 9 to Year 10 they physically move from one site to another. This feels like a fresh start and is an energising experience for them. We are therefore committed to retaining this vision for any future development of Imberhorne School, whereby students in Year 7, 8 and 9 remain a distinctly separate community with their own facilities, classrooms and social spaces.
Events are difficult to predict but there are no current proposals beyond the vision described. Meanwhile we are continuing to work hard to improve and develop our existing Windmill Lane buildings and grounds, investing wisely in infrastructure that enhances and enriches the environment for our current students. Eventually a new build would present wonderful fresh opportunities for the school and we will work closely with any parties that we feel could help the school appropriately realise our vision.
We believe in open communication and collaboration, recognising that the voice and opinions of our students and parents support much on-going and invaluable partnership work with the school. Accordingly we would engage in widespread and genuine consultation before we committed the school to any such major development.
The next meeting of the Imberhorne School Parents' Forum will be held on Tuesday 4th November, starting at 6.30pm at Imberhorne Lane.
If any parents would like to join the forum, please email Mrs Sally Tottman, Head's PA on email@example.com.
The second session will take place at Windmill Lane on Wednesday 16th April 2015.
When attending this programme please ensure that your daughter has had breakfast that morning and any missed session will be caught up at the Community Health Clinic.
Please find here a letter distributed to parents in about our plans for developing e-learning at the school. These issues will be further discussed with parents in the Autumn Term.
Details of Post-16 assistance with travel and transport cost 2014/15 have been posted on the Travel and Transport page under the 'Parents' tab.
Please note that the school entrance from Dorset Avenue is only intended for pedestrian access. We cannot accommodate cars being parked in this road since it causes real congestion and has a significant impact on local residents.
We are requesting that our community police officer visits Dorset Avenue at the beginning and end of the school day to help ensure that the entrance is kept free of congestion.
Lessons are available on a wide variety of instruments during the school day at Imberhorne. For drums, piano, and guitar lessons fill out the school application form and for singing, brass, woodwind, strings and guitar go through the West Sussex Music. Please note that guitar is taught both by our school teacher and through county.
If you would like your son or daughter to have lessons see this letter for full details.
Our aim is to ensure the personal, social and educational integration of students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) so that they receive a broad and balanced curriculum. We address the needs of all students in order for them to achieve their full potential. There is therefore a need to provide a curriculum and support appropriate for all.
Please see the attached document here to find out more about SEN provision in the school.
Monday, 27th October
Tanzania trip Tuesday, 28th October
Tanzania trip Wednesday, 29th October
Tanzania trip Thursday, 30th October
Tanzania trip Friday, 31st October
The new programme is out!
See the Extended Schools page under the 'Students' tab for details or follow this link.
Monday 20th October
Year 9 Rugby v THS (H) Tuesday 21st
Year 7 Girls Football v St. Paul's (H) 4pm start
Yr 10 Boys Football County Cup v Patcham (H) Wednesday 22nd
Year 9 Football County Cup v Longhill (H)
Year 8 Football v Oakmeeds (A)
Year 7 Rugby v Downlands (H) Tuesday 4th November
U14 Rugby Cup at Uplands
8A & 8B Netball at Sackville 3.30 start Wednesday 5th
Mid Sussex Crosscountry Championship KS3 Boys and Girls at Borde Hill Gardens 1pm start. Thursday 6th
U16 Girls Football Tournament at The Weald
Autumn Term 2014
Thursday 4th September - Friday 19th December INSET Day: Wednesday 24th September Half term: Monday 27th October - Friday 31st October INSET Day: Monday 1st December
Spring Term 2015
Monday 5th January - Friday 27th March INSET Day: Friday 13th February Half term: Monday 16th February - Friday 20th February
Summer Term 2015
Monday 13th April - Wednesday 22nd July INSET Day: Monday 20th April Half term: Monday 25th May - Friday 29th May
If you wish to enquire about the hire of our facilities please contact Jan Kirby by email, on firstname.lastname@example.org, by telephone on 01342 310982 or in person on a Monday between 8am and 3pm or Wednesday between 8am and 4pm.
Alternatively, contact can be made on a Tuesday, Thursday or Friday, between 9am and 10am only, on 01342 310982. Term Time only.
The ‘Doddle’ website provides curriculum resources to students in all Key Stages.
You can find a link to it under the
'Students' tab above.